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Infographic of South African Automotive Scene – June 2013 19
Posted by Kelly Levinsohn in Automotive Industry, Automotive News, Car Buying, car sales, Popular, south-africa, Uncategorized on 07 19th, 2013

Cars.co.za has released yet another interesting and useful infographic to shed some light on the automotive scene in South Africa.

Last month, we published their infographic on May 2013, and now we bring you June’s numbers. It is quite interesting to compare the two; has he automotive scene picked up or has it dropped over the last month?

In May of this year, the total amount of new car sales in the country reached 53 997. This month, the figure came freakishly close to May’s number, clocking in at 53 562.

South Africans’ favourite cars have basically stayed the same, with a little change up in the ranks:

Top 5 Most Popular New Cars in South Africa (June 2013):

1. VW Polo Vivo

2. Toyota Hilux

3. VW Polo

4. Nissan NP200

5. Chevrolet Utility


The Top 5 Motoring Brands in South Africa has also basically stayed the same, with a slight change in rankings:

June 2013:

1. Volkswagen

2. Toyota

3. Ford

4. GM

5. Nissan


For more interesting facts and figures, check out the image below:

Cars motoring infographic June

You can also go have a look at the infographic for May 2013 to compare the two.

Infographic of South African Automotive Scene – May 2013 20
Posted by Kelly Levinsohn in Automotive Industry, Automotive News, Car Buying, car sales, Popular, south-africa, Uncategorized on 06 20th, 2013


Cars.co.za publishes a monthly motoring report in the form of an infographic.

This infographic details the South African automotive scene. 

They cover a number of features and statistics and present them to you in a format that is easy to use and easy to understand.

Here are some of the interesting statistics and details about what went down in the automotive world in South Africa in May:

The Top 5 Motoring Brands in South Africa in New Car Sales:

  1. Toyota
  2. Volkswagen
  3. GM
  4. Ford
  5. Nissan

The Top 5 Motoring Brands in South Africa in Used Car Sales:

  1. Volkswagen
  2. BMW
  3. Toyota
  4. GM
  5. Audi

According to cars.co.za, there has also been an increase of 7.5% in car sales this year, compared to May 2012.

Another interesting statistic is the most popular cars in South Africa. This list is based on Naamsa statistics:

Top 5 Most Popular New Cars in South Africa (May 2013):

  1. Toyota Hilux
  2. Volkswagen Polo
  3. Volkswagen Polo Vivo
  4. Chevrolet Utility
  5. Toyota Etios

Check out the image below to view the full infographic:


Source: cars.co.za



To Overtake BMW, Audi Plans A $17 Billion Investment 31
Posted by Kurt Ernst in audi, Automotive, Automotive Industry, BMW, Kurt, Mercedes Benz on 12 31st, 2012

At a time when most luxury automakers are paring back spending in case the European economic crisis worsens, or in case the U.S. drops back into recession, Audi has its sights locked on its main German rival BMW. To surpass BMW atop the luxury pyramid, Audi knows it needs to invest in new vehicle development, factory expansion and targeted marketing. Success comes at a price, and for Audi that price is $17 billion, to be spent over the next four years.

As The San Francisco Chronicle (via Autoblog) explains, nearly $14 billion of that investment will go towards vehicle development and factory expansion, including the construction of a new plant in Mexico to serve the North American market. Research and development spending will concentrate on lightweight construction (likely via the extensive use of aluminum) and even supplemental electric power.

By the end of this decade, Audi is projecting annual global sales of two million vehicles, which should be sufficient to overtake BMW. While BMW will also see sales increase, the smaller automaker is incapable of matching the investment that the Volkswagen Group is willing to spend on Audi’s growth. Don’t expect Mercedes-Benz to sit idle as rivals steal market share, either; it’s planning on countering Audi’s advances with a new product blitz aimed at first time luxury buyers.

Which automaker will ultimately come out on top is academic, since the real winners will be the consumers who benefit from the increased competition between the brands.

In Search Of An Identity, Mazda Plans To Move Upscale 27
Posted by Kurt Ernst in Automotive, Automotive Industry, Kurt, Luxury, Mazda, New Car Sales on 11 27th, 2012

2014 Mazda6 – image: Mazda

For decades, Japanese automaker Mazda has been known for building cars that are fun to drive. Even if you discount the Mazda MX-5 Miata, the world’s best-selling sports car, the brand has still given enthusiasts cars like the Cosmos, the RX-2 & 3, the RX-7, the RX-8, the Mazdaspeed3 and the Mazdaspeed6. The sad truth of the matter is that enthusiasts are in the minority, and Mazda currently enjoys a scant two-percent global market share.

As Mazda’s CEO, Takashi Yamanouchi told Automotive News (subscription required), “In the global market, what is the significance of a player with a mere two-percent? We came to the conclusion that if we make ordinary cars for the mass market, there is no reason for us to exist.”

Yamanouchi’s ambitious goal is to grow sales by 43-percent in the U.S. market, with a target of 400,000 units by the end of the 2015 fiscal year. To do so, Mazda is relying on a wave of new product launches, as well as a repositioning of the brand to be “Japanese premium,” although that descriptor won’t be used in its marketing efforts.

Look for the new Mazda6 to take the point in reestablishing the brand. Due to hit dealers in January, the Mazda6 will rely on a mixture of styling, technology and premium materials to win the hearts and minds of buyers. Skyactiv, Mazda’s suite of eco-friendly technologies, will also play a role in the brand’s emerging image.

If you think that Mazda is targeting Lexus or even Acura with its latest move, think again: Hirotaka Kanazawa, Mazda’s global head of R&D, is quick to position the Mazda6 against German rivals, not Japanese. There’s a danger in doing so, as Suzuki tried the same thing with its Kizashi sedan. While the Mazda6 will likely be a more polished product than the Suzuki, it remains to be seen if buyers shopping for a BMW or Audi would include Mazda on that same list.

He’s Dead, Jim: Cadillac Announces Demise Of SRX Turbo 4
Posted by Otto in Automotive, Automotive Industry, Cadillac, Cadillac SRX Turbo, News, SUV on 01 4th, 2011
2010 Cadillac SRX Turbo

Photo: © GM Corp.

Crossovers have become a staple of the automotive industry, as buyers migrate away from traditional minivans or larger SUVs. Crossover vehicles seem to be the perfect fit for families – enough room to bring the kids, the dog and all the trappings of modern life, yet they’re more car-like to drive and to park. Unlike large SUVs, you don’t need to own an oil company to afford gas for one either. Crossovers can be had in any flavor, from vanilla (like Chevy’s Equinox) to jalapeno with a scotch bonnet pepper sauce reduction (like Infiniti’s FX50); in other words, you can get them with differing amounts of luxury and performance. Cadillac saw this as an opportunity for their revamped SRX; rather than offer a “one size fits all” V6, Caddy opted to give buyers the choice between a 3.0 liter V6 (good for 265 horsepower) and a 2.8 liter turbocharged V6 (good for 300 horsepower).

Thirty five horsepower isn’t a huge difference when you’re moving nearly 4,400 pounds of vehicle, but the Turbo may still have had a chance if it were only a few thousand dollars more than the normally aspirated V6. Instead, the price gap between the V6 and the turbo V6 was staggering: a 3.0 liter V6 SRX Performance stickered at $41,850, while the turbo 2.8 liter V6 SRX Performance stickered at $49,315. That’s a difference of $7,465, or $213.29 per horsepower in case you don’t have a calculator handy. Even the Premium trim level maintained the same additional cost for the turbo, so it’s no wonder that buyers consistently opted for the normally aspirated SRX over its pricey Turbo sibling.

Maybe the Turbo was doomed from the start. It’s first foray into the media spotlight came when a California journalist blew up a press fleet SRX Turbo, after filling it with non-premium fuel and tackling a mountain pass. This prompted a recall of SRX models, presumably to reprogram the ECU with additional knock control. Telling people to use premium fuel is one thing, but telling them their new $50,000 crossover could potentially throw a rod if mistakenly filled with regular unleaded is something else entirely. As crossovers go, the SRX Turbo wasn’t a bad vehicle; I think it was just misunderstood and more than a little overpriced.

Source: 4 Wheels News